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Adriana Gutierrez

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Eight of nine Corvallis City Councilors confirmed, ballots still being counted for Ward 9 position

Eight of nine Corvallis City Councilors confirmed, ballots still being counted for Ward 9 position

November 10, 2022

All Corvallis City Councilor seats were on the ballot for the 2022 Midterm Oregon elections. Of the nine wards in Corvallis — outlining different areas in the city that the Councilor is responsible for...

Corvallis mayoral race continues as no clear winner has been declared

Corvallis mayoral race continues as no clear winner has been declared

November 10, 2022

Approximately 72 hours after ballot boxes closed in Corvallis, there is still no clear winner for the open mayoral position.  Charles Maughn remains in the lead over his opponents Andrew Struthers...

All four Oregon ballot measures expected to pass, two called by AP on Wednesday

All four Oregon ballot measures expected to pass, two called by AP on Wednesday

November 10, 2022

Oregon residents voted for or against four measures on the ballot for the 2022 midterm elections. As of midday Thursday, two measures have been passed, and the other two are projected to pass as the rest...

Kotek wins Oregon Gubernatorial race by nail biting margin

Kotek wins Oregon Gubernatorial race by nail biting margin

November 10, 2022

After three days of counting ballots, Tina Kotek appears to be Oregon’s new governor, according to poll numbers released by the Associated Press.  AP has counted 73% of votes as of midday Thursday,...

The sun sets on Corvallis Unity Mens Shelter on Oct. 20. Unity Shelter is one of the two finalists for the $1M grant.

Finalists selected for $1 million grant for temporary, permanent, emergency housing

Corvallis Housing Operational Committee met to obtain additional information about both proposals
November 9, 2022

Two organizations are now finalists for the City of Corvallis’s $1 million grant for temporary, permanent and emergency housing. The Corvallis Housing Operation Committee met Monday afternoon to meet...

A young conifer tree in Avery Park on Nov. 7

OSU native scientists lead three year forest restoration project

November 3, 2022

Over the next three years, Oregon State University forestry scientists will collect data and collaborate with local Indigenous tribes to find the best methods to preserve forests in the western Oregon.  The...

Three proposals are being considered for temporary, permanent, emergency housing in Corvallis

Three proposals are being considered for temporary, permanent, emergency housing in Corvallis

October 24, 2022

Three local Corvallis organizations have applied for up to $1 million dollars of funding allocated to the city of Corvallis to support projects that can create emergency shelter, traditional housing and...

An Official Benton County Ballot Drop Box in front of the Monroe Community Library. Ballots need to be filled out and turned into one of these drop boxes before 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. Ballot Drop Box locations can be found on Benton County’s website.

Three candidates running for Corvallis Mayor, replacing incumbent

October 19, 2022

Three candidates are on the ballot for Mayor in the upcoming Corvallis election. Their goals for the future of Corvallis range, as do their intentions for running.  Roen Hogg: Roen Hogg, a city...

Michael McDougal waits for the right bus as lower numbers of drivers create reduced scheduled buses on Sept. 19.

CTS cancels Corvallis bus routes due to driver shortage

September 21, 2022

Multiple Corvallis bus transit schedules changed this week, following a driver shortage with the contractors for Corvallis Transit Center. CTS announced last week that several routes would be shortened...

In this image from Feb. 2022 is one of the Corvallis Buses that are planned to be replaced by EVs in the future by CTS.

Two new electric buses to cruise Corvallis by 2023, helping sustainability goals

September 19, 2022

The Corvallis Transit System just received a $2.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to purchase two electric buses and a dedicated charging depot. This year, Corvallis was the only...

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Nearly 75 monkeypox cases in Oregon; how to stay informed, get tested

August 4, 2022

The World Health Association has declared Monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern, as the virus continues to spread across the United States and in five counties in Oregon.  As...

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OSU declares in-state tuition for students enrolled in tribal nations

August 4, 2022

Any person enrolled in a federally recognized Tribal nation will be considered an in-state student at Oregon State University, starting in the fall term of 2022.  The university announced on Wednesday...

Corvallis Planning Commission Senior Planner Rian Amiton examining and discussing possi-
ble zoning for downtown at Corvallis City Hall on July 25.

New zoning structure downtown aims to help commercial development

August 1, 2022

Downtown Corvallis might look much different in coming years, as city planners are working to implement mixed-use development zoning, allowing for buildings to serve commercial, retail, entertainment and...

Simon Date and developers began the creation of a community app in July of this year for
the City of Corvallis. The app places information about activities, food, and more in the hands of community members and visitors alike.

Experience Corvallis app aims to foster a better community between Corvallis residents, businesses

July 5, 2022

Choosing between the multitude of restaurants, stores and activities available in Corvallis, Ore. has been made much easier with the launch of Experience Corvallis, a community app spearheaded...

Fairbanks Hall, located near the corner of Jefferson Way and 24th Street, is currently undergoing renovations with construction expected to be completed by August 2022.

OSU makes strides to improve historic buildings, constructs new education hall

July 5, 2022

Walking around the Oregon State University campus, construction teams are at every turn. Of the 14 active projects, two include a renovation to one of the oldest buildings on campus and the other is a...

Jayathi Murthy pictured in the Student Experience Center Plaza on June 7 during a reception for her being selected to be Oregon State Universitys 16th president. Murthy was unanimously elected by the OSU Board of Trustees on June 7, and will begin this position on Sept. 9.

Jayathi Murthy selected as OSU’s 16th president

Murthy will begin in September as the university’s first female president and first president of color
June 7, 2022

Jayathi Y. Murthy, previous dean of Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles, has officially been selected as Oregon State University’s next president, taking over for interim President Becky...

Oregon State University presidential candidates Jayathi Y. Murthy (left) and Charles R. Martinez. Murthy and Martinez are finalist candidates running for the position of OSUs next president, and the winner will be selected either on June 3 or June 7.

Two candidates selected as finalists for OSU’s presidential search

May 27, 2022

Two finalists for Oregon State University’s presidential search have been selected and will meet with community members in various formats until the official President is announced on either June 3 or...

Brett Tyler, an OSU professor, was arrested on Oct. 7, 2021 for fugitive charges from the state of Virginia. Tyler was extradited by a Benton County Circuit Court judge on April 21 to the state of Virginia.

OSU professor arrested on fugitive charges, search being conducted for replacement

October 13, 2021

Correction: This story has been updated to say that Tyler resigned on Oct. 13. A previous version of this story stated Tyler had been terminated.  An Oregon State University professor and researcher...

Oregonians everywhere are waiting to see what the summer time looks like for Covid-19 prevention. Recent updates to the plans for battling the Covid-19 pandemic are on the horizon.

Letter From the Editor: How to safely transition into a ‘new normal’ this summer

July 6, 2021

Across the nation, Americans are outdoors, participating in all of the summer festivities that were shut down when the COVID-19 pandemic first began. Here in Corvallis, Ore., Oregon State University students...


OSU will not require students to get COVID-19 vaccine to return in fall

April 22, 2021

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that the University of Oregon would be requiring its students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to return to its campus. This has been corrected...

Current OSU staff member Amy Hunter (left) and her daughter Maggie Newell (right), on Oct. 17 at the Corvallis Court House. Amy Hunter organized this peaceful protest titled ‘Belligerent Optimists-Women Rise Up for Justice’ to promote voting, Black Lives Matter, and equal rights.

Women need to “rise up and make sure their voices are counted” at local Women’s March

October 22, 2020

Groups of local Corvallis residents rallied outside of the Corvallis Municipal Courthouse on Saturday, joining thousands of women across the country as they protested the recent supreme court nomination...

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Benton County among other counties added to COVID-19 watchlist

October 3, 2020

Benton County is now on Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 watchlist as of Friday afternoon, as cases spike in and around Corvallis, Ore. The county still remains in phase two, meaning that no extra...

A photo-illustration of historical movements throughout the years and boxes detailing where they took place and when they started. Each photo has been modified from its original format. Photos courtesy of Creative Commons.    

BLM becomes one of the longest social justice movements in history, differs from others in the past

September 24, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement, one of the longest social justice movements in history, passed the hundredth day that protestors filled the streets shouting, “no justice, no peace!” in protest of...

American Dream Pizza, a local pizza restaurant directly off campus on NW Monroe Ave. 

OSU cancels fall sports, local economy continues to decline as a result

September 11, 2020

Oregon State University’s Athletics Department announced on Aug. 11 that all fall sports will be cancelled, which is predicted to cause a wide-spread decline in revenue amongst local Corvallis, Ore....

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Student, faculty group created in response to new campus police force

August 15, 2020

A new student and faculty group called DISARM OSU has been formed in response to Oregon State University’s decision to implement a new in-house police force, with goals to defund the force and distribute...

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Corvallis Police Log: July 20-25

August 10, 2020

July 20Criminal Trespass 2At approximately 11 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Benton Plaza on SW Monroe Avenue on a report of a woman trespassing who had allegedly been seen trespassing before and banned...

Memorial Union

OSU creates hybrid reopening plan modeled after other universities

August 6, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in states across the nation, universities and colleges are faced with the task of planning safe reopening strategies to minimize the spread of the virus amongst students. While...

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Disruption of travel during COVID-19 lockdown impacts Corvallis economy

July 29, 2020

In the months during a normal spring term at Oregon State University, thousands of students are visited by their families for school-sanctioned events including Spring Family Weekend and Commencement,...

F. King Alexander, Oregon State Universitys president, stands on a balcony on the Corvallis, Ore. campus.

New OSU president addresses past controversy, pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement

July 28, 2020

In a time of change, Oregon State University is going through its own, as president emeritus Ed Ray stepped down from his position of 17 years, and F. King Alexander begins his first term as OSU’s new...

Oregon State University president Ed Ray smiles in remembrance during an interview at the Student Experience Center on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, as he talks about some of his favorite experiences over the course of his 17-year presidency. Ray stepped down from his role as OSUs president on Jun. 30.

A look back at President Emeritus Ed Ray’s impression on OSU

July 22, 2020

As Ed Ray stepped out of his position as Oregon State University's president, he left behind almost two decades worth of influence on the university, including improvements to the diversity of the student...

Tori Allen SOTI

Seniors on the Internet: How do you feel about having a remote final exhibition?

July 10, 2020

Editor's Note: This article is a part of the 2020 graduation issue. Graduation is when a student completes their degree program, whereas, Commencement is an optional ceremony to celebrate graduating students. The...

Mallette and Carlisle

Following student opposition, CBEE instructors who were previously let go are re-hired with new duties

June 11, 2020

The decision to terminate two engineering instructors, Trevor Carlisle, Ph.D and Natasha Mallette, Ph.D, has been rescinded, and the instructors are being reassigned for the 2020-21 school year, following...

This illustration represents student fees. 

Student fees fund services for Oregon State University community

May 29, 2020

The price of tuition at Oregon State University varies based on residency; yet, student fees are a flat rate added to the cost of attendance to fund different student services on campus. The breakdown...

This photo illustration represents applying for federal assistance. The financial aid is for those suffering financial hardships due to COVID-19.

OSU “won’t have enough funds” to cover every request for federal emergency aid

May 22, 2020

With a large amount of the student population at Oregon State University now facing economic hardships due to COVID-19, the university is offering a federal grant to supply students with emergency aid,...

Where a student lives can significantly affect tuition rates as a student at Oregon State University, which varies the price per credit for in-state, out-of-state and international students. 

Tuition varies for in-state, out-of-state, international students

May 21, 2020

The part of the country or even the world a student lives in can significantly affect tuition rates as a student at Oregon State University, which varies the price per credit for in-state, out-of-state...

Mallette and Carlisle

Pressure mounts on engineering administration to reconsider instructor terminations

May 12, 2020

Students who began a petition against the termination of two engineering instructors are continuing to fight, pulling in other administrators, influential industry professionals and concerned faculty to...

Theresa McRae and her kids spend the day doing work in their chicken coop for outside activities as a break from classwork. Theresa is now a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher for her two children.

Parents cope with COVID-19

May 2, 2020

After COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, parents and families are having to acclimate to the new circumstances that are rapidly changing the ways in which they are raising their children. The Oregon...

Natasha Mallette is a professional practice engineer and instructor in Oregon State Universitys School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering. 

Students take action, push administration to overturn termination of two engineering instructors

April 30, 2020

Following the termination of two engineering instructors' contracts, dismayed students have created a petition currently signed by over 1,100 people and delivered it to administration, imploring them to...

Senior SOTI

Seniors on the Internet: What is your opinion on commencement being postponed?

April 26, 2020

Diana SantiagoEthnic Studies & Sociology “Being first generation, this is what I was really looking forward to, especially my family because this would be the second graduation they’ve ever been...

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak schools statewide have been shutting down to help prevent the spread of the disease. The current closures are to last until April 28th per the order of the governor Kate Brown.

Corvallis School District transitions to distance learning in response to pandemic

April 24, 2020

Correction: This story previously stated incorrect information about whether Corvallis public schools would be reopening. This error has been fixed. Schools will not be reopening for the remainder of the...

Dow Jones, a stock market index that measures the stock performance of 30 of the largest companies on the stock exchange, experienced its worst drop in history this past month.

Students invest in stock market amidst record drop

April 24, 2020

Correction: The story previously inaccurately reported points as percentages and has been updated to accurately represent current top daily point losses in the stock market.Students at Oregon State University...

Jason McCarley, Oregon State University professor of PSY 340, conducts his weekly lecture remotely via Zoom, a video conferencing platform utilized by OSU.

Professors change teaching methods due to lack of engagement via Zoom

April 22, 2020

With the start of remote teaching after COVID-19 called for social distancing, professors have had to make significant changes to their teaching methods throughout the term. Over spring break, professors...

This photo was taken on March 12, 2020. Dawson Esslinger, a sophomore majoring in business, browses through Oregon State University’s online and hybrid programs offered.

Online teaching is not harder or easier than in-person instruction, it’s “just very different”

April 13, 2020

Each term, OSU students have the option to take online classes; the 10-week modules created by faculty and staff at Oregon State University range in experience and effectiveness based on the course.All...

Pictured is a photo illustration of a practice ACT test that is ripped down the center. President Ed Ray released a statement on March 25, notifying Oregon State University students that standardized testing scores—the ACT or SAT— would no longer be required for admission, allowing for a “test-flexible” approach.

OSU switches admission process to “test-flexible” for reporting scores

April 8, 2020

President Ed Ray released a statement on March 25, notifying Oregon State University students that standardized testing scores would no longer be required for admission. This decision was made by the...

The McMenamins dining room sits mostly empty in January, 2020. 

Students lose jobs, face unemployment following new COVID-19 prevention policies

March 30, 2020

The recent changes in local and federal government due to COVID-19 have created state-wide unemployment spikes as businesses are changing policy to limit contact, leaving students facing uncertain futures...

CAPS employee Samantha Giaimo, left, discusses CAPS’ relatively new meditation circle as well as other resources that CAPS offers to OSU community members who are looking to de-stress. The meditation circle is at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Wellness Nook. 

Extra credits can affect undergraduate mental health

March 9, 2020

As Phase One of registration for spring term comes to a close, undergraduate students will soon have the option to add extra credits that exceed the university’s requirements. In order to be a full-time...

Fischer Hill

Student on the Street: What advice do you have for those looking for housing?

March 2, 2020

Fischer HillMechanical Engineering“Yard work sucks…make sure you have a car or you live close.” Daniel GoddardChemical Engineering“Something relating to how you split up bills or having roommates...

A person counts dollar bills. For students trying to make ends meet while living in Corvallis, taking actions such as using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, using the textbook lending program at the Human Services Resource Center and finding housing rental services which will waive certain fees or requirements. 

Students offered resources to combat housing costs

March 2, 2020

The threat of housing insecurity becomes more prevalent as students are moving off campus and into leased housing for the upcoming academic school year. Rent for housing continues to rise in Corvallis,...

Todd Stansbury ended his contract with Oregon State Athletics prematurely in 2016, resulting in over a million dollars in debt. OSU asked that he pay his debts on or before June 15, 2019 or legal action would be taken. Since then, OSU has filed a lawsuit against Stansbury.

Lawsuit against OSU’s former athletic director dropped

February 18, 2020

A lawsuit placed against Todd Stansbury by Oregon State University was dropped last month after Stansbury paid OSU’s Athletic department a final payment of $1.5 million. Stansbury was OSU’s athletic...

Faculty of color hold mixed opinions on diversity initiatives

February 17, 2020

Although Oregon State University has steadily increased the ethnic diversity of students in the past decade, the portion of faculty of color on campus lags slightly behind. Faculty have mixed feelings...

A sign promoting the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center sits outside of the Plageman Student Health Center at Oregon State University, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.

EOA releases new process for sexual harassment filed against, among employees

February 17, 2020

Correction: Initially, the incorrect acronym was used for Equal Opportunity and Access. This issue has been resolved. The Barometer regrets this error.The Equal Opportunity and Access office sent out...

The University Budget Committee began annual tuition forums in January to determine the amount at which tuition will be increased for the 2020-21 school year. 

Forums aim to help students understand tuition increases

February 10, 2020

Starting at the beginning of January, the University Budget Committee began annual tuition forums to determine the amount at which tuition will be increased for the 2020-21 school year. “We’re trying...

OSU’s Global Hemp Innovation Center received a $900,000 grant to for the advancement in producing the first doubled haploid hemp plants.

Oregon State University at forefront of hemp research

February 3, 2020

After the Global Hemp Innovation Center first opened in 2018, it received two grants from Oregon CBD to further hemp research, the most recent being a $900,000 grant last week. This money was donated...

A goat stands next to a Goat Yoga banner. 

Best of 2020: Recreation

January 21, 2020

First place: Goat YogaStarting in August of 2016, Goat Yoga quickly became a national phenomenon, including in Corvallis when owner Lainey Morse opened Original Goat Yoga out of Hanson Country Inn. OSU...

OSU student Luke Dowell shows Nick Boyce a way to scale a difficult route on the climbing wall at the McAlexander Fieldhouse.

Best of 2020: OSU, Corvallis gyms

January 21, 2020

First Place: Dixon Recreation CenterWhen you think of hitting the gym, your mind may go straight to the cardio equipment and weights. But, Dixon Recreation Center on the Oregon State University campus...

The annual China Night, hosted by the Chinese Student Scholar Association , will take place on Feb. 9 at the LaSells Stewert Center in celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. 

Chinese Student Scholar Association to host a lantern festival for the first time in China Night history

January 13, 2020

The Chinese Student Scholar Association will host their annual China Night on Feb. 9 at the LaSells Stewart Center in celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. The CSSA will also be including the Lantern...

Todd Stansbury ended his contract with Oregon State Athletics prematurely in 2016, resulting in over a million dollars in debt. OSU asked that he pay his debts on or before June 15, 2019 or legal action would be taken. Since then, OSU has filed a lawsuit against Stansbury.

OSU files a lawsuit against former athletic director

January 6, 2020

In a statement released on Dec. 18 by Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, a firm backing Oregon State University, attorney Teresa H. Pearson solidified a lawsuit being placed against former Athletic Director...

F. King Alexander, Oregon State Universitys president, stands on a balcony on the Corvallis, Ore. campus.

Current Louisiana State University president to become new Oregon State University president

December 13, 2019

Correction: This article had previously gotten F. King Alexander's start date incorrect. This issue has been resolved.After eight months of evaluating possible candidates to succeed Oregon State University...

The renovation at Cordley Hall will be accomplished through three funding phases, taking place between 2017 and 2024.

Science building Cordley Hall to be “renovated to modern quality”

December 2, 2019

Cordley Hall, a building on the south-side of campus, has been given over $158 million to make a multitude of renovations ranging from replacing all windows in the building to inserting an air conditioning...

An OSU gymnast competes on the balance beam in Gill Coliseum. 

OSU Winter Sports preview for 2020

December 2, 2019

With the fall term coming to an end, and football having their last home game Nov. 16, winter sports are moving out of preseason and into the spotlight. Here are the prospects for this year’s Oregon...

The health effects of vaping products, such as these Juul products, are being debated in the Oregon legislature. 

Panel discusses dangers of vape products

December 2, 2019

After the ban on flavored vape products was appealed less than a month after it was announced, Governor Kate Brown and other Oregonians are unsure on whether or not vapes and e-cigarettes are actually...

The Valley Library

Valley Library shortens hours due to understaffing

November 18, 2019

The Valley Library is no longer be open 24 hours a day, five days a week as of Nov. 12, due to issues stemming from understaffing.Once April Zeller, the previous lead evening supervisor, submitted her...

Preacher Keith Darrell speaks outside of The Valley Library. A largegroup gathered outside as he spoke. Preaching outside of the Valley Library happens frequently on campus.

Controversial preachers visit Oregon State University

November 16, 2019

If you walked past the Valley Library on Thursday, Nov. 14, between 1 and 2 p.m., odds are you passed by a counter-protest in reaction to two preachers known for their controversial sermons on college...

Students and their familes head toward Reser Stadium to watch the Fall Family Weekend football game.

Fall Family Weekend aims to “showcase Oregon State”

November 4, 2019

After an acrobatic headliner last year, Oregon State University’s Family Weekend is reverting back to its traditional comedy act; featuring familiar comedians like Dave Coulierand Kellen Erskine.Among...

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